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Nikolai Saratovsky

Nikolai Saratovsky

Nikolai Saratovsky is an internationally acclaimed Russian concert pianist, enjoying a stellar career. In his early thirties, he has already won a number of major international piano competitions and has an extraordinary repertoire, ranging from Bach to the latest contemporary composers.

Mulled Wine Concerts, will present a piano recital by Nikolai Saratovsky at 2:30PM on 23 June 2019 at the Raumati South Mamorial Hall. Organiser Mary Gow, a concert pianist herself, tells the story of how she met him at his recital in Brussels and mentioned that she came from New Zealand. "His eyes lit up - he told me that he and his Japanese-born wife had always dreamed of visiting New Zealand!  From there, it was a short step to discussing possibilities - I arranged a concert tour for him last year and he had such a good reception, he wanted to return".

Saratovsky studied at the Moscow State Conservatory graduating with the Award for Academic Excellence and a Master's degree, and has gone on to win numerous awards, most notably the Russian President's Award, for his musical accomplishments.  He regularly gives master classes in Japan, Russia,The USA, Canada, Luxembourg and Taiwan. Since his last visit to Kapiti, he has done concert tours in England, Korea, Japan and Africa.

Mary Gow feels that his visit to New Zealand represents a wonderful opportunity for Kapiti audiences to catch a star on the rise. "The Mulled Wine Concert Series always tries to bring to Kapiti audiences artists that discerning audiences will appreciate and we are very lucky that this year he has again managed to fit us into his schedule. To see a pianist of this quality and fire is an opportunity not to be missed".

Nikolai Saratovsky will present a recital of works including Bartok's Six Romanian Folk Dances, Chopin's Grand Brilliant Valses, Liszt's Transcendental Etudes, and more from Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition"


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